Hume's Abstract of Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments

Journal of the History of Philosophy 22 (1):51-79 (1984)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This article reprints the text of a review of adam smith's "theory of moral sentiments", And presents arguments for ascribing it to david hume. Hume's subsequent criticism of what he called "the hinge" of adam smith's moral system ("viz." that "all kinds of sympathy are necessarily agreeable") is also examined, And it is argued that smith failed to appreciate the nature and extent of this criticism. It is concluded that "the hinge" of smith's novel theory is a false assumption; yet without it smith cannot present a viable alternative to hume's explanation of the origin of our moral sentiments



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,635

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Sentimentalism and the Is-Ought Problem.Noriaki Iwasa - 2011 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (3):323-352.
On Three Defenses of Sentimentalism.Noriaki Iwasa - 2013 - Prolegomena 12 (1):61-82.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments.Adam Smith - 1759 - Dover Publications.
Adam Smith's Moral and Political Philosophy.Adam Smith - 1948 - New York: Hafner Pub. Co..


Added to PP

74 (#161,723)

6 months
2 (#278,853)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Sympathy for Whom? Smith's Reply to Hume.Hans D. Muller - 2016 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2 (2):212-232.
Smithian Sympathy and the Emergence of Norms.Keith Hankins & John Thrasher - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
The Limits of Sympathetic Concern and Moral Consideration in Adam Smith.Ryan Pollock - 2019 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 36 (3):257-277.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references